More fire chief candidates to be interviewed

More fire chief candidates to be interviewed

CHAMPAIGN — A second round of candidates for fire chief will visit for interviews with city officials next week, and a final decision on who gets the job could come with a few weeks.

Champaign has been without a fire chief since December, when Doug Forsman retired. Longtime Capt. Dave Ferber has been acting fire chief in his place.

City officials hoped to have selected a new fire chief before December but reopened their search when they decided their first group of five finalists did not meet the full breadth of what they were looking for.

Now a new group of finalists will interview for the job with panels of community members, area fire officials, Champaign Fire Department employees and other city staff members. Officials hope the new chief will start working in May.

The finalists are:

— Greg Main, the district fire chief in Evansville, Ind. He has 28 years' experience and a master's degree in fire and emergency management administration from Oklahoma State University.

— Gary McCarraher, the fire chief in Franklin, Mass. He has 40 years' experience in fire service and a master's degree in public administration from Framingham State University.

— Gary Trulson, the associate dean of public safety at Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wis. He has 35 years' experience and a master's degree in safety from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.